A cheat’s gluten-free courgette pasta…

There are lots of gluten-free pasta recipes out there, some easy, some a bit more complicated, this courgette pasta is easy to make and is based on some ideas I have seen around, on using vegetables as a starch replacement. It’s great if you are eating a lower-carb diet or want to add more veg to your meals.

It took me a while to become convinced that you could make “pasta” by shredding, mandolin or spiraling vegetables, but one afternoon, I realized I was starving, I hadn’t had any lunch, and normally my go-to meal would be a big bowl of pasta, with some simple sauce or dressing. I rummaged in the pantry cupboard, and found to my dismay that I had no pasta (this is a disaster, I always have both gluten-free and normal pasta to hand) I then went to the fridge and found a couple of lonely looking courgettes, or as they are known in the US, zucchini. I decided to experiment.

Take two medium-sized courgettes, wash them, and grate them, skin on,  lengthwise, on a cheese grater to form long “ribbons”. You can also use a spiral cutter, or a mandolin, if you have them, I don’t, although I am planning to get myself one of each. You also need some oil to stir fry it, and whatever sauce or seasoning you would like. I used a jar of pesto, for this, but plain cheese and oil, or any sauce you would normally put on pasta would also work.

Heat two tablespoonfuls of oil, in a frying pan or wok. I used olive oil, but whatever you prefer, is fine.

Toss the ribbons into the pan, and heat them through, until they are becoming tender. Probably about 2-3 minutes. Add a dollop of pesto sauce, and stir through. Serve. You can also use tomato or cream-based sauces or just sprinkle some cheese and olive oil and serve.

Courgette Pasta

So, there you have it, a quick, veg loaded, tasty “courgette pasta” that actually isn’t pasta. I am going to experiment with other vegetables, to see what works, there are loads of recipes out there, for this type of thing.

Posted in Life with food allergies and tagged gluten free cooking, gluten free pasta, vegetable pasta.

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